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For an average Indian biker fuel efficiency is one of most important factor while buying or running a motorcycle. In this story, let us present some key factors that affect bike’s fuel efficiency.

Factors That Affect Bike’s Fuel Efficiency

Aerodynamics: Aerodynamics is concerned with motion in air. The more easily a motorcycle cuts through air, the easier it will be for its engine to move ahead. This is precisely the reason why aerodynamically better engineered motorcycles are faster and also consume relatively lesser fuel.

Also Read: Aerodynamics & Its Importance – Explained in Simple Terms

Tyres: Oversized and wider tyres increase drag and reduce the fuel efficiency of bikes.

Gear Changes: This is probably one of the biggest dependency of motorcycles. The more you change gears during a ride, the more the fuel it will drink. On the other hand, if you frequently continue to drag a motorcycle in higher gears (so much so that it starts gasping) it will also not be very fuel efficient. Hence, it is always advisable to ride your motorcycle in appropriate gear based on the situation it is in.

Factors That Affect Bike's Fuel Efficiency

Weight: Unnecessary accessories like excessively heavy crash guards, enveloping guards on scooters, oversize horns all add to the weight and consequently reduce fuel efficiency. On a 120 kg bike even a 5-8 kg increase will have an adverse effect on fuel consumption.

Fuel: Always try to tank up your motorcycle in the morning. The reason is that liquids have a tendency to expand with increase in temperature. Since during morning hours, temperatures are generally low, you get (slightly) more fuel as compared to filling during day time when it gets hotter.

Cleanliness: Any leaks will be immediately noticeable on a clean bike. Dirt on the chain, in between moving parts etc will also increase drag and consequently lower fuel efficiency.

Quality of Fuel: Check the owners manual on what quality of petrol your bike requires. Use fuel with the recommended or higher octane number. Also, ensure you fill petrol/diesel from a trusted petrol tank. Tank up from a well know fuelling stations where quality and quantity are assured..

Tanking Up: Do not tank up right to the brim. Not only is there a chance of spillage while filling up (and riding), petrol also expands with heat and can overflow. Filler caps on many bikes do leak once the rubber seal hardens and cracks.

Other Quick Tips to Improve Mileage

  • Get your motorcycle serviced regularly. Healthier a motorcycle and its engine, higher the fuel efficiency it will return.
  • Always ensure you use the recommended grade of engine oil in your motorcycle.
  • Run your two-wheeler with the recommended air pressure. Lower air pressure increases friction and hence harder it will be for your engine to rotate the tyre.
  • Ride at optimum speeds and avoid sudden jerks to the accelerator ie be linear in accelerating your motorcycle or scooter. Smoothness is the key, in acceleration, in braking and in maintaining speed which will deliver the best mileage.
  • Plan overtaking moves well in advance so that you don’t have to brake nor accelerate hard to pass a vehicle.
  • Reduce speed by easing off the throttle rather than by using the brakes.
  • Switch off your motorcycle’s engine when the idle time is more than 30 seconds. This helps in saving fuel. Few companies are offering idle start-stop systems in their motorcycles and scooters which automatically shut the engine down if the wait time is for a particular instant. The engine, in this case, comes to life by a simple twist of the throttle.
  • Try and park your vehicle under shade to prevent evaporation of fuel.
  • Do not fill for very small amounts like Rs 20/40. This is because a lot of your fuel vaporises specially during summers and if this is your habit than you will end up losing a lot in the longer run.
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26 COMMENTS

  1. I dont agree for what you have written under the fuel heading there is nothing related with expansion or contraction or filling in the morning or day time… Who is this writer??? Dont take the readers for granted!

  2. hey dude. i have pulsar 150 cc. I want to know tips about making good mileage in pulsar. Hope that you will help me and give me suggestions about making my bike in good condition.

  3. We cant ignore tyre pressure as far as mileage is concerned..less tyre pressure decreases fuel efficiency..One should ensure that tyres have optimum tyre pressure..

  4. I fully recommend filling your vehicle in the morning….If a person has studied chemical compoositions and its properties then he will agree to the tips…
    You will always get actual amount of petrol for which you are paying…
    Specific gravity if anybody remembers….

  5. Hi buddy… stats look impressive and i agree to most of the stuff that u say… though i m not much into biking yet bt what i m curious to know abt is… ” does long stretch with 1 or 2 breaks harm the bike and its mileage or its ok” and does that vary with how often we drive”. i do have a bike at home which is my brothers and i dont use it much often a PASSION 2008 model.. bt it drags when i drive abve 60kmph and especially when i drive for long. suggest me.
    suggestion: i was looking comparisions for mileage on your site bt i dint find one. i know you dont like to publish such controversial stuff bt i m sure a poll for various bikes wud give a decent number or average so please conduct such poll where people can mark a vote for their respective bikes and we get to know the mileage on an approximation… plz reply

  6. hi….
    im useing cbz xtreme. before i used to get good mileage. but now im not able to get good mileage. can u provide some tips……….

  7. Well done brother.
    But
    I want to know about the internal parts of a carburator like jet etc with picture result.My Honda CD 70 2004 model that is 70cc only has mileage only 35 KM.How can i increase it.???
    And can cylendrical pressure in the head effect fuel efficiency.
    Thanx in advance.
    Regards
    Muddasir

  8. Nothing about……….
    Fuel blockage
    Carburetor Overflow screw
    Tuning screw Lean/Rich (good tuning for good balance of power & mileage)
    Wider tyres
    Tyre pressure
    riding techniques to improve mileage
    keeping idling to 1.2 approx
    The electronic Economy unit in most modern bikes (should be operational for good mileage)
    having a clean good sparkplug electrodes ( Iridium NGK for better milaege) ????????????????????????

    those are important for good mileage

  9. i m having Yamaha SZX and its giving me continue avg. of 50-52kmpl…… i m just following few steps..like on highway i m riding it in economy area like 40-50kmph speed…..if i m corssing 60/70kmph then my bike is giving only 42-45kmpl…..in the city like mumbai where taffic is prblem for all….we have to keep our bike in economy area then it will be grt for bikers…

  10. For better mileage in bikes of any segments, the proper maintenance is required. As all of us are not automobile engineers, we should follow some easy steps.
    -regular servicing at scheduled time
    -maintain optimum tire pressure
    -maintain constant speeds and no sudden acceleration or deacceleration
    -most importantly maintain speeds below 55 kmph during run-in period
    -take petrol in same authorised petrol stations
    -for air-cool engine bike, don’t use engine-cover, as it hinders the cooling process
    -don’t park your bike under direct sun, else little amount of petrol will evapourate
    I won’t say keep the speed between 40-50 kmph (economic), because I belive people choose higher segment bikes for better speed. Those who use 100-125 cc bikes, are not in much tension with mileage figures…..:)

  11. I brought a new pulsar 150cc bike yesterday at what speed should I change the gears for first 500 kms and how to maintain the bike good condition

  12. damm ….ur bike gives 30,40,50 milage atleast ……..den my story is d worst …i have a kinetic honda DX 98cc ….u wont imagine …..its in a great condition u wud probably see …..d 1 an only ish is dat ….it only gives a milage of 7 to 8 kmpl…..plss any of d expert out der ….can u tell me how to improve my milage …..did i mention dat my topspeed on it is exactly 60kmph

  13. Dear Deepak,
    I have a Honda unicorn CB 150cc bike. Right now i getting 45 to 48 /litre. Would u Guide to improve the mileage.

  14. hi frnds! I would like to ask abt da mileage of my discvr 135..recently i had to change its bak tyre i did so bt its milege has bn decrecred by 10km atleast..mechanic pointd out dat its becoz of fat tyre of mrf alough dimensns r same bt its grip is more than erlier one..so nw tel me guys ..cud it b da main reasn for that? And what should i do to ovrcum dis problm?

  15. I bought a used Bajaj Pulsar 150dtsi 2005 model just 3 months ago and was upset with the mileage of just 26.
    Then i made few changes
    These things do effect negatively in bikes mileage:
    1.Bad Spark Plugs
    2.Chain if its loose(check out the complete chain it may be loose just on one specific area for 2-3 inches & rest would look fine)
    3. Chain Sprocket
    4. Bad Clutch Plates (very important)
    5. Bad Preasure plates
    6. Bad Float bowl needle (in carburetor)
    7. Bad Breaks
    Now its 55km/lt

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